A self-sufficient pup takes his beloved pet to the beach. High jinks ensue.
Outfitted in its best purple bathing suit, a rather zaftig dog determines that today is perfect for a trip to the seashore. Its pet goldfish comes along, thanks to a wheeled fishbowl, and the two join a bus full of crazily caricatured humans (and at least one more dog). Once they’ve arrived, it’s time for lots of sun and swimming. Everyone has a magnificent, madcap time, though the dog’s hot-pink skin answers the final thought: “I hope I didn’t forget anything.” Catrow’s trademark tendency toward contained chaos is put on fine display as the combination of wind, waves, and the occasional sentient octopus yields a fantastic day for all involved. The art’s colorful inventiveness gives the entire enterprise a wild devil-may-care feel, and the cast of characters rewards multiple readings, as they enjoy separate adventures in the background. The simple language makes this not only a fine read-aloud, but a great early reader for those kids who need some comedy with their basic vocabulary words.
So enjoyable the real thing may pale in comparison. (Picture book. 3-7)